Well whilst I am on Facebook I am not about to pay tribute to Raoul Moat in the wake of the slaying of one man , blinding of a police officer and serious injury to his former partner, I do have reservations about what became a Police/Media witch-hunt and I would suggest David Cameron's notion that you can put a full stop and move on (sounds like Social Services speak) from Moat's death is markedly premature!
Before I installed my full stop in this sorry saga I would seek a full investigation into what the role the Social Services played and whilst Newcastle is in the limelight here, the whole system nationally is severely flawed and a sham! I would also seek a revue of police procedure again Northumbria here but something the Police service could well do with looking at as a whole. This case seemed to unfold with a frenzy , maybe unsurprising in the wake of the Cumbrian shooting not far west from the Moat incident but is this case the end result almost took on an air of we will get him anyway ..and I am in part reminded of the Jean Charles de Meneses shooting in South London but of course recognise in that case he was an innocent man swept up in the aftermath of 7/7.
I would strongly urge Mr. Cameron to hold on to his full stop for just a little longer and apply it following a top to tail reform of the Family Court system which not only blights our society but is the bench mark for all other Anglophile nations around the world and accounts for many thousands of suicides around the world!
Moat's experiences obviously took him over the edge of reason, he was reported as a violent man, high on steroids,and obviously had some mental health issues, although those final tapes seemed to reveal a clear thinking and intelligent thought process, but any sympathy for him was lost when he attacked 3 people with a gun before ultimately his own death.
But, and I know it is a big but, there are many of us mild mannered, non violent, non criminal men who have gone through the process, acted on all the Family Courts recommendations, respectfully, quietly and politely in what we believe is our children's best interest although often in the face of lies and manipulation by Social Services and the offending CAFCASS even undergoing psychiatric reports and coming through with a clean bill of health, and an entitlement of regular access to one's own children, then arriving at the state imposed contact brandishing nothing more then the contact order (not worth the paper it is written on) you are still faced with the prospect of spending 10 hours in a police cell if the mother (more often) complains of harassment even though you have adhered fully to the letter of the (civil) law and,as I did, face 4 court appearances in 3months each time the CPS trumping up an alternative accusation each less incredible then the last..."He is an alcoholic your honour.." "...then how come all the High Street chains allow him to drive a 40 ton truck each day for a living?" until you are told to leave court with no case to answer!
Yet you still feel inclined to e-mail the local police to inform them you have simply handed your child a Birthday card at the school gate although you have only seen that child a handful of times in the past 3 years and in spite of the aforementioned contact order, is it any wonder it is enough to send any one up the wall dressed as a superhero? Yet the previous Government and it would appear this so called Coalition want to brand these peaceful activists 'extremists' is it any wonder therefore those with a weaker mental constraint such as Raoul Moat end up with an overwhelming paranoia for the state of our Law?